Epilepsy Grants

Epilepsy is the most common veterinary neurologic disease in purebred and mixed-breed dogs. Epilepsy is also a disease where animal and human health concerns intersect as canine epilepsy has been shown to offer a highly suitable model for human epilepsy, offering a On Health approach to addressing the health needs of dogs and their people.  These disorders have a wide range of severities, precipitating causes, comorbidities, and treatment outcomes. As such, epilepsy is of major concern to the AKC Canine Health Foundation and has prompted the establishment of an Epilepsy Research Initiative to uniquely address this disease.

Learn about our Epilepsy Research Initiative!

Active Grants:

 02561  Is gut dysbiosis associated with canine idiopathic epilepsy?
 2323  Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy
 2252  Investigating a Ketogenic Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Supplement for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy and Its Behavioral Comorbidities
 2257  Identification of Genetic Risk Factors for Canine Epilepsy

Previously Awarded Grants:

 02249-A  Studying the Role of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Canine Epilepsy
 2248  Identification of a Novel Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy Gene and Its Underlying Disease Mechanism
 02131  Neurostimulation: A Groundbreaking New Treatment for Canine Epilepsy
 2133  Canine Epilepsy: Genetic Variants, Biomarkers, and New Therapies
 1615  Identifying the Genetic Cause of Epilepsy
 01896-A  A Pilot Study: Establishing the Role of Melatonin in the Occurrence of Seizures in Dogs
 1425  Identification of Epilepsy-Causing Mutations from the Associated Loci by Next-Generation Resequencing
 224  Characterizing Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Poodle, Giant Schnauzer, English Mastiff: An Assessment of Inheritance
 2614  Refining the Genetic Linkage For Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Sheepdog
 2104  Defining Inheritance of Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Mastiff, Poodle and Giant Schnauzer
 2015  Development of a Genetic Marker for Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Belgian Sheepdog
 1613  Development of a Genetic Marker for Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Tervuren and Belgian Sheepdog

The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds research in 18 different Research Program Areas. These program areas enable the Foundation to create depth in our research portfolio and help us to be responsive to the health concerns of our constituents.

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